Friday, November 20, 2015

News From Councilman ANDY kING

Councilman King  Blasts DOE Following Discovery of G&T Pre-Tests Materials Contain Incorrect Info

   “I am extremely disturbed by the recent discovery that Gifted & Talented pre-test materials for non-English speaking students contain incorrect information. It is   unacceptable that in a city like ours, the growing population of non-English speaking children are being let down in this way. The ramifications of this error are far-reaching, and it is the responsibility of the Department of Education to do everything in its power to mitigate this harm NOW! I am committed to serving the diverse students and families of the 12th district, and look forward to working with DOE to correct and expand this year’s Gifted & Talented application process,”  said Council Member Andy King, Co-Chair of the Black, Latino & Asian Caucus.

Councilman King Proposes Bill to Regulate ‘Hover Boards’

  NYC Council Member Andy King proposed legislation this week that would make it illegal to operate an electronic “hover board” on the streets on New York City.
The recent spike in popularity of these devices, coupled with the growing safety concerns, creates a regulatory grey area that should be addressed swiftly, said Council Member King.
“The hover boards should have the same status as mobile chairs and should not be operated on the roads alongside cars, buses and trucks. It’s a safety issue,” said Council Member King.
Looking forward, Council Member King noted that long-term use of hover boards doesn’t promote a healthy lifestyle.   “Riding a hover board decreases physical activity. In the long run, walking is more beneficial for your heart and lungs than riding a hover board all day,” he said.

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